Howe Field, Eugene, Ore. May 18, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks breezed through the Regional playoff tournament undefeated, and secured a spot in the Super Regionals. They won the championship game, despite a few rain delays, 6-0 against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Ducks had defeated the Badgers the day before, 6-1, in the second round of Regionals.
“They did a tremendous job; they worked very hard this year,” said Head Coach Mike White. “This is just another step, and we’re really excited to take the next step and host again next weekend.”
Ducks Karissa Hovinga pitched most of the game, and had four shutout innings. Cheridan Hawkins came in to finish the game for the Ducks, and struck out three batters.
“I was pretty nervous, but I just tried to channel my nerves a little bit and go at them,” said Hovinga. “I was executing our plan, just attacking corners, and defense had my back.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from Karissa,” said White. “She did what she does well.”
Ducks junior left fielder Janie Takeda was named the Regional MVP. Takeda hit a two-run homerun in the first inning. Third baseman Courtney Ceo also hit a homerun later in the game.
“We had a game plan and everybody bought into it,” said Takeda. “Our standard is just so high, which is a positive thing, and we all know what we’re capable of.”
The Oregon Ducks will host the first game of the Super Regionals at Howe Field on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The time of the game is TBA. They will play a best of three series against either Minnesota or Auburn.
“This year we’ve really focused on having this consistent approach, no matter what the situation,” said White. “Hopefully we don’t listen to the outside influences, and we focus on the mission, and of course our mission is 8.1—to be in the final eight, and then the last game standing.”